David Carr, an author and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a public talk on libraries and museums and the role they play in people’s lives at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The event is sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, Jackson County Public Library of Sylva and the Friends of Jackson County Public Library. A reception before his talk will be held in the library atrium at 6:30 p.m.
Over the past 40 years, Carr has consulted with libraries and museums around the country in the development of programs for public learning and is well known for his fresh perspectives on the role of these cultural institutions in successful living. In 2002, he spoke at the White House in recognition of American cultural institutions as places for lifelong learning. He has delivered more than 200 talks and 30 keynote addresses, primarily for museum and library audiences. In 1994, he was recognized as a master teacher by the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
A former teacher and librarian, Carr was associate professor in the UNC faculty School of Information and Library Science for 12 years. He retired from the faculty in 2010 and the following year published his latest book, “Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums.” According to the website of the publisher, Libraries Unlimited, the book is “designed to offer courage to cultural institution administrators and staff even as it opens their eyes to the possibility that their facilities can offer more than they are. Rather than offering prescriptive answers, the author invites readers to consider museums and libraries in fresh ways.” Carr’s other books are “The Promise of Cultural Institutions” and “A Place Not A Place.”
Carr earned his bachelor’s degree from Drew University, master of arts in teaching from Teachers College of Columbia University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
By Christy Martin